Temple Square is the most-visited tourist site in the state, drawing 3 million to 5 million people each year. It is anticipated that the South Visitor's Center and portions of the Temple Square wall will be demolished by mid-January. According to the Deseret News, visitors can still see the Christmas lights on the west side of the complex. “We’re going to have congestion and traffic, closing off of streets as we have construction work that takes place here on Temple Square. The iconic Salt Lake Temple will reopen by 2024, church officials said. Workers at the granite quarry in Little Cottonwood Canyon prepare stones for use in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1872. LDS Church closes Temple Square, other downtown attractions, because of coronavirus. (CNN)Salt Lake Temple will shut its doors by the end of the year and remain closed for the next four years as major renovations are underway, church officials said Friday. How will the Salt Lake Temple closure affect temple workers and the surrounding area? Charles Carter, Courtesy of Church History Library. Church officials confirmed that this means the ceremonies conducted in the temple will be performed both by temple officiators and by video. The display might be smaller than in previous years. Downloadable B-roll. Crews also constructed the sealing room addition along the north side and a new chapel. Workers will try to do as much concurrent work as possible, but the seismic part of the project is so intensive that there will be times it restricts all other efforts, Roberts said. "I've been involved in 40 construction projects, and we have had some significant ones in the past — the remodel of the Tabernacle, the Missionary Training Center — but nothing near the magnitude of what this is," he said. Four months ago, the church's First Presidency announced that the St. George Temple will close on Nov. 4. “The logistical aspects of this certainly are going to have an impact,” Gov. Leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced renovation plans for to the Salt Lake Temple and changes to the temple grounds and Temple Square. Linden W. Millgate, engineer, inspects the footings of the Salt Lake Temple while its massive foundation was exposed during work on Sept. 8, 1962. Start your day with the top stories you missed while you were sleeping. Copyright © 2020 Deseret News Publishing Company. Leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced renovation plans for the Salt Lake Temple and changes to the temple grounds and Temple Square. "You’re not going to change the nature of President Trump in these last days apparently of his presidency. We pull out the furniture, and we salvage and save everything that we anticipate that we will need to save. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, left, and President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, right, sit prior to a press conference in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 19, 2019. Mitt Romney on Donald Trump claiming election win: He has ‘relaxed relationship with the truth’. As I reported for the Deseret News, people shared their thoughts about the renovation plans on Twitter. Currently, they are only available in English. The depth and strength of the Salt Lake Temple foundation, 30 feet deep, is exposed by excavators in March 30, 1963. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Norm Crosby, comedian who mangled words with great extinction, dies at 93, McDonald's 'McPlant' announcement spooked Beyond Meat investors, analyst says. SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Temple will close on Dec. 29, 2019. Welfare Square operations will proceed, but public tours are temporarily discontinued. An aerial view looking west of the temple annex construction in the 1960s. It draws 3 million to 5 million people each year, CNN affiliate. The temple will be closed effective Dec. 29, said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revealed renovation details for the Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square on Friday. Leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced renovation plans to the Salt Lake Temple and changes to the temple grounds and Temple Square. Utah failed to flatten the curve. New north pavilions will also be designed to be more open and inviting to visitors. The First Presidency of the Church were in attendance at Temple Square for the announcements. "We want (visitors) to think of Salt Lake just as easily as they think of Jerusalem or the Vatican as a place where Christianity really has its heart," said Bishop Dean M. Davies, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric. Brent Roberts, director of special projects for the Church, told the Deseret News that it will be a “major construction project.” People should expect to see scaffolding on the sides of the temple. The renovation is scheduled for completion in 2022, after "extensive structural, mechanical, electrical, finish and plumbing work," according to a news release. The temple will undergo significant mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural and seismic renovations that will not only modernize the temple's f… The South Visitors' Center will be removed and replaced. President Young worked with Angell on the project until his death in 1877.